Charging the iPad Air when visiting Mali

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your iPad Air from a Malian power outlet by using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to recharge the iPad Air using a Type E power charger.

Malian power outlet

Various voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never been there before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the iPad Air . This page was specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your iPad Air abroad.When visiting Mali the following instructions show how to charge the iPad Air using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If visiting Mali from a different country ensure the iPad Air can accept a 240v supply. If your iPad Air originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the iPad Air is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Air.

Charging the iPad Air in Mali

Can you use the iPad Air in Mali?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Air to a Malian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Mali?

When you are travelling with more than your iPad Air and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for Mali is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Malians use two different types of plug sockets (types E and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your iPad Air is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Malian trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Mali

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Mali.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Mali.
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Air in Mali?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Malian power outlet

Using a Lightning connector and a two pinned Type C power adapter to charge the iPad Air from a Malian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Air from a Malian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], the USB cable is usually already included with your iPad Air by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Malian power outlet. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector is found at the bottom of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up taking between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your iPad Air from a Malian power outlet

Powering the iPad Air with a Malian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to charge the iPad Air from a Malian power outlet with a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPad Air from the Malian power outlet you will need a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad Air).
  2. Insert the Type E USB power adapter into the Malian power outlet. The round power outlet (known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins sit and a single long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Air. The iPad Air lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Air.
  4. Turn on the Malian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Air is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Powering the iPad Air with a Malian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali - wikipedia web page about Mali
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide.pdf - Official iPad user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters